How many YEARS have I talked about apricot oil now? I firmly believe that APRICOT OIL is one of the best-kept secrets on the beauty market. And noooo no no this is not sponsored. But know that I am VERY passionate about it. Like I get goosebumps of excitement for every message I get from readers telling me how much they love this oil too!
This article is updated as of 2019
I’ve done a TON of research on apricot oil. (Do I even need to preface that anymore? I feel like you guys know I get my kicks from research.)
My goal is to age as gracefully as possible. My preference is for more organic products (like apricot oil)- but yes, sometimes I do use labby products if they are holy grails. (Like retinoids.) But MAN OH MAN is apricot oil the cream of the crop when it comes to pure, organic products. (It’s inexpensive too! Mine is less than $15 for 4oz! Holla! Lasts forever.) Like it is right up there with rosehip seed oil.
When I find the real diamonds that have worked for me and other people, I want to share them with you.
Apricot Oil (Prunus armeniaca to be exact– and yes you should consult scientific names because there are other variations out there! Make sure you’re not getting scammed…..) Apricot oil IS a DIAMOND.
Let me tell you about it. It’s an oil. It’s light. Barely ANY fragrance. It absorbs faster than most oils .Apricot oil is non-comedogenic so it does NOT break you out. It didn’t on my skin, or a handle of my friends. I have had so many readers write me telling me it works fabulously on their skin too. Don’t worry about this oil breaking you out! It’s highly agreeable with different kinds of skin. It’s so, so pure. Just pure nourishment for your skin.
It’s pressed from an apricot kernel or pit.
Primary Benefits of Apricot Oil
Science seems to agree that it’s main punch is how SOOTHING it is. Think, making tired skin look perked up. Red skin toned down. Face just feeling “fresh.” That’s what it does for ya. Even Paula’s Choice (which I don’t always agree with) backs apricot oil here and here.
Apricot oil is loaded with three things that I VERY MUCH care about when it comes to anti-aging and keeping plump skin: Fatty acids, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E.
Additional Benefits of Apricot Oil
It’s so great for taking off makeup.
And it’s like a one-two-three punch product.
1- Takes off your makeup.
2- Nourishes while doing it as opposed to stripping away natural oils.
3- Keeps you moisturized after.
I literally will smear it all over my face for maybe 20 seconds, and then an additional 20 seconds around my eyes (gently!) Then I’ll either splash my face with water and blot dry with a towel OR I’ll just wipe the remains up with a makeup wipe. Sometimes I’ve even just tissue it off dry if I didn’t have super heavy eye makeup on.
Often, I prefer “cleaning” my face with oil because I feel it really does get rid of the layer of product on your face- while at the same time not stripping your natural oils, like a lot of cleaners will do. The more moisturized you keep your skin… the less wrinkles. Just saying.
AFTER I will apply another layer of apricot oil. And sleep in that. Maybe some serum after if I’m feeling it. Maybe, MAYBE some moisturizer before. But honestly, apricot oil alone is so effective. I go back and forth between apricot oil and Rosehip oil. Which makes sense perhaps… as apricots are actually in the ROSE family– nerd fact for ya.
Apricot oil WILL helps with anti-aging (this- proven by science) because it is so high in antioxidants and it’s also anti-inflammatory. Remember, inflammation = aging! We should always be trying to calm inflammation! Read this study here– it’s so interesting!
To get the best benefits from apricot oil, seek out the following:
1- Find a brand that is certified organic.
2- A product under the name Prunus Armeniaca. And nothing else in it. No fillers. SINGLE INGREDIENT.
3- Comes in a package where little to no sunlight gets in (like a dark or matte bottle) and also makes sure little oxygen gets to it when you open it.
The brand I use (religiously- and again not sponsored) is Better Shea Butter. I love this company. The price is unbeatable and they completely meet my criteria and I love the results I’ve had: which is refreshed and “happier” skin whenever I use it.
The benefits of Apricot Oil speaks for itself: APRICOT OIL IS THE SHIT. You don’t need to spend a ton of money to have insanely effective skincare! Comment with any additional questions ladies, this stuff is the BEST.